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Astronomers probe inner region of young star and its planets

April 20, 2015 11:06 am | by University of Arizona | Comments

Astronomers have probed deeper than before into a planetary system 130 light-years from Earth. The observations mark the first results of a new exoplanet survey called LEECH (LBT Exozodi Exoplanet Common Hunt), and are published today in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics....

A common nerve protein elevated in aggressive neuroblastomas

April 20, 2015 10:03 am | by Georgetown University Medical Center | Comments

A protein produced by nerve cells appears to be elevated in the blood of those with an aggressive form of neuroblastoma. The finding, presented today at the American Association for Cancer Research 2015 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, could potentially lead to a prognostic test for ...

Researchers establish theoretical framework for graphene physics

April 20, 2015 9:52 am | by National University of Singapore | Comments

Since the discovery of graphene about a decade ago, scientists have been studying ways to engineer electronic band gaps in the material to produce semiconductors which can create new electronic devices. A team of researchers from Yale-NUS College, the ...

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Disney Research enables dialogue replacement for automated video redubbing

April 20, 2015 9:42 am | by Disney Research | Comments

A badly dubbed foreign film makes a viewer yearn for subtitles; even subtle discrepancies between words spoken and facial motion are easy to detect. That's less likely with a method developed by Disney Research that analyzes an actor's ...

A cold cosmic mystery solved

April 20, 2015 9:38 am | by University of Hawaii at Manoa | Comments

In 2004, astronomers examining a map of the radiation leftover from the Big Bang (the cosmic microwave background, or CMB) discovered the Cold Spot, a larger-than-expected unusually cold area of the sky. The physics surrounding the Big Bang theory predicts warmer ...

How to maximize the superconducting critical temperature in a molecular superconductor

April 17, 2015 4:25 pm | by Tohoku University | Comments

An international research team, led by Professor Kosmas Prassides of Tohoku University, has investigated the electronic properties of the family of unconventional superconductors based on fullerenes*1 which have the highest known superconducting critical ...

New paper opens the door to the study of a new class of materials

April 17, 2015 4:21 pm | by University of Notre Dame | Comments

A new paper by a team of researchers led by Karel Matous, College of Engineering Associate Professor of Computational Mechanics in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, describes how an accurate statistical description ...

Young women objectify themselves more browsing Facebook and magazines than media types

April 17, 2015 2:36 pm | by SAGE Publications | Comments

Though it is widely believed that the media objectifies women, women further diminish themselves by constantly comparing their bodies to others'. Regardless of how much time young women devote to viewing television, music videos and using the internet, they will ...

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Beyond the lithium ion -- a significant step toward a better performing battery

April 17, 2015 2:33 pm | by University of Illinois at Chicago | Comments

The race is on around the world as scientists strive to develop a new generation of batteries that can perform beyond the limits of the current lithium-ion based battery. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have taken a significant step toward the development of ...

Industry: Digital music sales match physical for 1st time

April 17, 2015 2:20 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Revenue from digital music matched that from physical albums and discs for the first time in 2014, a global industry body said Tuesday. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry's annual report said digital and physical sales each accounted for 46 percent of ...

'Game of Thrones' hit by piracy from Twitter-owned app users

April 17, 2015 2:17 pm | by LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer | Comments

HBO's "Game of Thrones" has the dubious honor of being popular with both pirates and viewers. After its fifth season began Sunday, users of a Twitter-owned live-streaming app shared the fantasy drama....

Germanwings crash could prompt remote override tech review

April 17, 2015 2:15 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The Germanwings crash last month was an "unbelievable horror" for the families of those killed, compounded by the apparent senselessness of the co-pilot's actions in bringing down the plane, German President Joachim Gauck told hundreds of victims' relatives ...

A thumbnail track pad

April 17, 2015 2:12 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

Researchers at the MIT Media Lab are developing a new wearable device that turns the user's thumbnail into a miniature wireless track pad. They envision that the technology could let users control wireless devices when their hands are full -- answering the ...

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Engineer improves rechargeable batteries with MoS2 nano 'sandwich'

April 17, 2015 1:51 pm | by Kansas State University | Comments

The key to better cellphones and other rechargeable electronics may be in tiny "sandwiches" made of nanosheets, according to mechanical engineering research from Kansas State University. Gurpreet Singh, assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering ...

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Disney researchers use passive UHF RFID tags to detect how people interact with objects

April 17, 2015 1:39 pm | by Disney Research | Comments

Disney Research has demonstrated that battery-free, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags can be used to cheaply and unobtrusively determine how people use and interact with daily objects, enabling new types of interactive play, smart homes and work environments ...

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